People & Community

Skolnik: No, Mr. Rich – Low Cost Healthcare Does Not Lead To Lower Life Expectancy

By RICHARD SKOLNIK
Los Alamos

I write in response to the Mick Rich article published Jan. 1, “Rich: New Mexico From Bottom 10 To Top 10 In 10 Years.” (link)

All of us share Mr. Rich’s desire to see New Mexico improve its standing in health, education, and the economy. However, Mr. Rich’s suggestions about healthcare are certainly not a path for moving forward. Mr. Rich’s article noted:

“New Mexicans who enjoy nearly free healthcare have the lowest life expectancy. Yet our leaders want to expand free healthcare, to lower life expectancy for more people.” 

Such comments reflect a profound ignorance


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Bloser: Why Are Support Groups For Parents Of Gifted Children Necessary?

Mary Beth Bloser is a SENG Model Parent Support Group trained facilitator. She is co-facilitating a virtual SENG Model Parent Support Group 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays starting Jan. 26. Courtesy photo

By Mary Beth Bloser, MSSW, BCC, LLC
Life, Health, & Wellness Coaching 
Los Alamos

There are many myths about gifted children. Probably the most prevalent is that gifted children are at an advantage academically, are more likely to succeed in school and in life, and therefore are easier to parent.

Before I became the parent of a gifted child, I too believed this myth. I thought gifted people were motivated


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County Councilor Robinson Shares Midterm Update

By JAMES ROBINSON
Los Alamos County Councilor

Happy New Year Los Alamos!

After what has felt like an eternity, 2020 has come to an end.

As the clock struck midnight, I cheered the end to a challenging year, but also the official halfway point for my term on Council.

When I announced my candidacy in 2018, I focused on four areas that I would like to work on as a Councilor to improve Los Alamos County.

These four areas are:

  • Infrastructure and Housing;
  • Clarification of County Ordinances;
  • Environmental Initiatives; and
  • Tourism and Recreation.

With the new year, I would like to provide a brief update on


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Los Alamos County Library Board Meets Jan. 4

COUNTY News:

The Los Alamos County Library Board is scheduled to meet 5:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 4.

Due to COVID-19 concerns, the meeting will be conducted remotely.

The public can view the meeting at https://zoom.us/j/92376561064.

Members of the public wishing to attend and /or provide public comment may do so via Zoom or by calling these conference call lines:

January 4th Final Complete Agenda Packet.pdf


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As Tenure In U.S. House Ends, Luján Highlights Legislative Victories And Constituent Services For New Mexicans

Rep. Luján delivers his farewell speech today in the House and prepares to move to the Senate. Courtesy/Office of BRL

From the Office of U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján:

NAMBÉ – In 2020, U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, helped lead the passage of 14 pieces of legislation that were signed into law and helped more than 1,000 constituents navigate federal and state agencies.

Video of Luján’s farewell address is available here. Audio is available here

This year, Luján introduced 39 bills and co-sponsored 485 bills to serve New Mexicans. Twenty-two bills, amendments,


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LARSO Shares Latest Update On Vaccine For Local Seniors

LARSO Executive Director Bernadette Lauritzen

LARSO News:

The Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization (LARSO) has received additional information from the New Mexico Aging and Long-Term Services Department regarding the COVID-19 vaccine for local seniors.

“We beg people to please realize that this is a moving target,” LARSO Executive Director Bernadette Lauritzen said. “Please be kind to my employees because they are operating on little information and simply don’t have an answer to many questions yet.”

It appears that the time frame for receiving the vaccine doses is early February


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2020 Unprecedented Year For Los Alamos County

Los Alamos County Municipal Building at 1000 Central Ave. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post
kirsten@ladailypost.com

2020 was a tumultuous year and when it ends at midnight today, a loud sigh of relief may very well be heard throughout Los Alamos County.

Despite all the challenges the pandemic threw at the County, there were numerous accomplishments and highlights experienced in 2020.

“As 2020 comes to a close, I would like to thank all of our residents for their support, patience and understanding as the County worked through the challenges and adaptations


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2020 Los Alamos Arts And Entertainment Year In Review

Los Alamos Arts Council Assistant Director Ken Nebel and Executive Director Chris Monteith together in July discussing the merger with Fuller Lodge Art Center. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post
bjgordon@ladailypost.com

Perhaps the biggest Los Alamos arts news occurred when the Los Alamos Arts Council and Fuller Lodge Art Center showed just how resourceful the arts community can be by merging during the COVOD-19 pandemic.

The newly merged organization is overseen by Los Alamos Arts Council Executive Director Chris Monteith and Assistant


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An Open Book: Espero Que Si

By DAVID IZRAELEVITZ
Los Alamos

My father and I enrolled in English language lessons in Uruguay before coming to America and my younger siblings absorbed the new language at school like the proverbial sponge. It was my mother, at home all alone, gratefully relying on the abundant Spanish TV programming available in New York City, who lagged behind the rest of us. The few words she picked up over the first years here were learned by trying to converse with our next-door neighbors, a Greek family including another mother similarly stuck at home, presumably without even the benefit of local Greek


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Gaia’s Pantry Open For Business At Unitarian Church

Felix Fellenz dropping off donations recently at Gaia’s Pantry on Sage. Photo by Emily Schultz-Fellenz

By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post
kirsten@ladailypost.com

The idea behind the Unitarian Church of Los Alamos’ Gaia’s Pantry is simple; take what food items are needed and leave food that can be donated.

The pantry, named after the Greek goddess of nature, opened for business this week in the church parking lot, 1738 North Sage St., but the idea percolated in the minds of the congregation for some time.

Unitarian Church member Kokheong McNaughton said she was introduced to curbside


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